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Can acupuncture affect the circadian rhythm of blood pressure? A randomized, double-blind, controlled trial.
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PMID:  22906144     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVES: The objective of the study was to investigate the effect of acupuncture on the circadian rhythm of blood pressure (BP) in patients with hypertension.
DESIGN: The study was designed as a randomized, double-blind, controlled trial. Subjects were randomly divided into an active acupuncture group and a sham acupuncture group. Each patient received real or sham acupuncture treatment twice a week for 8 weeks. Acupuncture needles were inserted at bilateral ST 36 plus PC 6; placebo points.
SUBJECTS: Thirty-three (33) patients with essential hypertension were the subjects.
OUTCOME MEASURES: Twenty-four (24)-hour ambulatory BP was assessed before and after treatment.
RESULTS: After the treatment period, there was a significant increase in nocturnal diastolic BP dipping compared to that at baseline (10.20±7.56 mm Hg versus 5.21±10.19 mm Hg, p=0.038) in the active acupuncture group but not in the sham acupuncture group. The nocturnal diastolic BP dipping response to active acupuncture treatment was significantly different from the response seen with the sham acupuncture treatment (p=0.041). The number of dippers also increased from 4 to 8 in the active acupuncture group. Average systolic and diastolic BP was not changed significantly except for nighttime diastolic BP (90.32±11.47 mm Hg to 87.83±9.16 mm Hg, p=0.041).
CONCLUSIONS: It is suggested that acupuncture treatment could be useful for improving the circadian rhythm of BP in patients with hypertension.
Hye-Mi Kim; Seung-Yeon Cho; Seong-Uk Park; Il-Suk Sohn; Woo-Sang Jung; Sang-Kwan Moon; Jung-Mi Park; Chang-Nam Ko; Ki-Ho Cho
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Randomized Controlled Trial; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't     Date:  2012-08-20
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of alternative and complementary medicine (New York, N.Y.)     Volume:  18     ISSN:  1557-7708     ISO Abbreviation:  J Altern Complement Med     Publication Date:  2012 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-10-12     Completed Date:  2013-02-25     Revised Date:  2013-10-10    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9508124     Medline TA:  J Altern Complement Med     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  918-23     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Cardiovascular & Neurologic Diseases, College of Oriental Medicine, Kyung Hee University, Seoul, Korea.
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MeSH Terms
Acupuncture Points
Acupuncture Therapy*
Blood Pressure / physiology*
Circadian Rhythm / physiology*
Double-Blind Method
Hypertension / physiopathology,  therapy*
Middle Aged

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